Quick Facts on Gerald
- English, French, German
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Rule by the spear
Characteristics of Gerald
- Highly Intuitive
- Spiritual Teacher
- Extremely Bright
Etymology & Historical Origin - Gerald
Gerald is an old Frankish personal name rooted in the Germanic language, derived from the elements “gēr” meaning “spear”, and “wald” meaning “rule” (rule by the spear). The Norman-French introduced the name to England in the Middle Ages after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Irish especially found a liking to the name (which is from where the surname Fitzgerald developed). There were various medieval saints who bore the name Gerald, including the 9th century Gerald of Aurillac, a French nobleman who gave up his possessions in order to live his life in the name of Christ. Due to his childhood illness, his adult blindness and his apparent disfigurement from acne, St. Gerald of Aurillac became a patron saint to the disabled and handicapped. Gerald in England dropped from usage in the later Middle Ages until experiencing a revival in the 19th century (thanks, in part, to the influence of the Irish who never lost interest in this name). The 38th President of the United States, Gerald Ford, is one of the most famous name bearers in more modern times.
Popularity of the Name Gerald
Gerald saw moderate success as a masculine given name in 19th century America. However, Gerald really basked in the glory of success during the 1930s and 40s when he was mostly a Top 25 favorite name in the country. His best years ever were 1936, 1938 and 1939 at position #19 on the charts. Gerald joins the ranks with other mid-century (now out-dated) names like Donald, Ronald and Kenneth. In other words, American parents having babies today may have a grandfather or great-uncle named Gerald rather than a more contemporary relative. Naming a 21st baby boy Gerald is a rare event. No longer stylish or top-of-mind, Gerald has faded into the background. Although we must say, he’s hanging on to the charts better than we would have expected. This name once “ruled by the spear” but now seems to be dying by the spear. Gerald probably has family-legacy importance for any parent opting for this now-unstylish name. Gary and Gerry (Jerry) are common short forms.
Popularity of the Boy Name Gerald
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Gerald
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Gerald
Gerald We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Gerald.
Popular Songs on Gerald
Gerald Did What - a song by Evergreen Terrace
Children's Books on the Baby Name Gerald
Elephant and Piggie Series (Mo Willems) - Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. This Mo Willems series which debuted in 2007 is a fan-favorite for beginning readers and a wonderful teaching tool for parents. Using vocabulary that is perfect for beginning readers (and vetted by an early-learning specialist), Mo Willems has crafted a heartfelt stories about celebrating the special occasions in life. Fans of the Geisel Award-winning duo will want to join the party! Books are written in conversation style as they follow two friend: an elephant, Gerald, and a pig, Piggie. There are a total of 18 titles in this delightful series: Today I Will Fly!; My Friend is Sad; There is a Bird on Your Head!; I Am Invited to a Party!; I Love My New Toy!; I Will Surprise My Friend!; Are You Ready To Play Outside?; Watch Me Throw The Ball!; Elephants Cannot Dance!; Pigs Make Me Sneeze!; I am Going!; Can I Play Too?; We Are In A Book!; I Broke My Trunk!; Should I Share My Ice Cream?; Happy Pig Day!; Listen To My Trumpet; and Let's Go for a Drive. Recommended for ages 3-7.
Gerald McBoing Boing (Dr. Seuss) - “They say it all started / when Gerald was two / That’s the age kids start talking / least, most of them do. / Well, when he started talking, / you know what he said? / He didn’t talk words / he went boing boing instead!” So goes the hilarious tale of a boy who was a little bit different—a tale that only Dr. Seuss could create. Based on the Academy Award-winning motion picture! Recommended for ages 3-7.
Famous People Named Gerald
Famous People Named Gerald - Gerald Ford (U.S. President); Gerald M. Edelman (Nobel Prize Winner, medicine); Gerald Alexander (baseball player); Gerald Brown (basketball player); Gerald Carr (astronaut); Gerald Okamura (actor); Gerald Paddio (basketball player); Gerald Perry (baseball player); Gerald Riggs (football player); Gerald Sensabaugh (football player); Gerald Tinker (football player); Gerald Williams (baseball player); Gerald Young (baseball player)
Children of Famous People Named Gerald
Famous People Who Named Their Son Gerald - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Gerald.
Gerald - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Gerald Ford (14 Jul 1913 - 26 Dec 2006) - Gerald Ford served as the 38th United States President between 1974 and 1977. The only Vice President to assume office due to a resignation, Gerald Ford walked square into turmoil. Known to be amiable, decent and straight-forward, Ford could never get out from under the shadow of Watergate. Then he made the unfortunate mistake of pardoning Nixon (Americans never forgave him for that). Truth be told, the Watergate scandal was so all-consuming he hardly had any other choice. He needed to put it behind him so he could actually get some work done. Saigon also fell to communism during his administration and Americans had to evacuate (a great embarrassment on the world stage). Americans just wanted Watergate and Vietnam behind them so there was no chance in hell Ford would see a second term. His wife Betty (born Elizabeth) is known less for her First Lady duties than for the impact she's made on alcoholic rehabilitation.
Personality of the Boy Name Gerald
The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.
Variations of the Baby Name - Gerald